Amber Donnelly takes to the stage at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts in the classical ballet category.
Amber Donnelly takes to the stage at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts in the classical ballet category. Tweed Daily News

Ballerinas wow the crowd

YOUNG ballerinas captivated the audience at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts at the weekend.

Twenty-five girls 14 years and under took part in the classical ballet category on Saturday morning, in one of the most spectacular events of the month-long festival.

Categories included authentic national character and the tap dance championship, while eight girls competed for the annual JJ Richards Memorial Scholarship.

The competition was won by Claudia Dean, with Heidi Landford runner-up. Ms Dean won $1000, with Ms Landford winning $250.

The first category of the scholarship award was a classical ballet pointe solo, with the second a character/demi character solo.

Festival president Arthur Holmes said it was a night of first-class entertainment.

“It was a beautiful evening, enjoyed by all,” Mr Holmes said.

“Claudia is an exceptional dancer. The $1000 prize money will help her achieve her dream of studying at the ballet in London at the end of this year.

“The adjudicators have been very pleased with all the talent that has passed through the festival this year.”

Tomorrow is the final day of the festival.

Today's Program

9am: Classical ballet improvisation, restricted classical ballet, demi character/character story.

1.30pm: Tap dance improvisation, tap/song and tap dance - duo/trio, jazz solo.

6. 30pm: Restricted tap dance, song and dance, tap dance, slow modern expressive dance.



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